Former India skipper Sourav Ganguly believes Kuldeep Yadav will be preferred ahead of incumbent Test spinners in the upcoming tour of England.
Kuldeep has not looked back since breaking into the Test team last year. In his debut Test, he had bowled a decisive spell of 4 wickets, dismissing the likes of David Warner, Glenn Maxwell. Kuldeep kept on performing well thereafter.
He was not included in the team for the Champions Trophy but was a part of the team that toured West Indies last month for a limited-overs series. He impressed once again and finished the five-match ODI series as its highest wicket-taker.The 22-year old had an impressive outing in Sri Lanka too and he finished the ODI series against Australia as India’s highest wicket-taker, taking 7 wickets including a hat-trick.
And he has now further enhanced his reputations with a sensational performance in South Africa. In unfriendly conditions, he finished the ODI series as the highest wicket-taker. The chinaman spinner took 17 wickets as India won the series 5-1. Yuzvendra Chahal was equally impressive, picking up 16 wickets.
The wrist-spinners’ performance have made many believe that they will lead India’s attack from now on and Ganguly is no different. The legendary skipper insisted that Kuldeep would play Tests in England.
“I know in England Kuldeep will play Test matches. I can see that happening,” Ganguly told India Today on Monday.
Ganguly further admitted that the snub would be tough on Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja.
“It’s tough on Ashwin and Jadeja. More tougher on Ashwin because his Test record is remarkable. I am sure he will still make the trip but whether he plays or not, we have to see when they get to England,” said the former Indian cricketer.
In the recent Test series against South Africa, Ashwin had played in two of the three Tests. On the other hand, Jadeja had warmed the bench throughout.
With India pinning their hopes on wrist spinners, Ganguly backed the move.
“Wrist spinners have been successful in world cricket. Look at Shane Warne. I am not comparing them (Kuldeep and Chahal) to Warne, because Warne was an absolute champion. I think they (Team India) have gone the right way,” added Ganguly.
India took the bold call after Jadeja and Ashwin fared poorly in last year’s ICC Champions Trophy. It was not the first time the duo had failed in overseas conditions. And so far the bold move has paid rich dividends.
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